Minnesota Stroke System

With stroke, time lost is brain lost. More than one-third of Minnesotans live over 60 minutes away from a primary stroke center. One in three stroke victims arrive first at a small, rural hospital. These facts highlight the need to ensure that every community hospital is equipped to treat acute stroke patients.

The Minnesota Department of Health is the lead agency for creating the Minnesota Stroke System, a statewide initiative involving acute care hospitals, ambulance services, and other partners.

Applications are now being accepted.The Round 6 deadline is
April 30, 2015.
To apply for designation, go to http://stroke.mn.gov.

Future deadlines:
Round 6
: April 30, 2015 (Effective date July 1, 2015)
Round 7: July 31, 2015 (Effective date October 1, 2015)
Round 8: October 31, 2015 (Effective date January 1, 2016)

Quick Links:
Resources (toolkit, how-to- guide, literature, etc.)
Frequently Asked Questions
List of Designated Hospitals (updated 3/30/2015)
Map of Designated Hospitals

Lakeland News aired a story on June 27, 2014 about Essentia Health St. Joseph's in Brainerd, which was designated this spring.
Minnesota News Network story about the stroke system during May 2014

December 2013
March 2014
May 2014

Questions? Email: health.stroke@state.mn.us or call (651) 201-5436.

Updated Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 01:48PM